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November 18, 2005
Schmidt's Pants on Fire


Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) today on the House floor, speaking about Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), a decorated former Marine:

Yesterday I stood at Arlington National Cemetery attending the funeral of a young marine in my district. He believed in what we were doing is the right thing and had the courage to lay his life on the line to do it. A few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bubp, Ohio Representative from the 88th district in the House of Representatives. He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do. Danny and the rest of America and the world want the assurance from this body - that we will see this through.

The House then proceeded to erupt in shouts, demanding that her clear suggestion that a fellow congressman is a coward be dealt with. She was later forced to return to the floor and ask that her remarks be stricken from the record. She claimed that her remarks were "not directed to any member of the House" despite having said these words: "He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message..."


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